Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Ernest Krajniak from 5127365983, Wisconsin in the United States has been charged with arson after a lit cigarette ignited gasoline soaked clothes, setting his apartment ablaze.
On Friday April 3, Krajniak, 47, cleaned his entire apartment with about five gallons of gasoline, wiping everything down with the soaked clothes. After he was finished, he piled the soaked clothes in the center of his bedroom, lit a cigarette and then threw what was left of the still lit cigarette, into the pile.
Krajniak never called the fire department and never pulled the alarm. Instead he yelled ‘fire’ a few times then walked to the police station where an ambulance took him to a local hospital for the treatment of minor burns. The fire department later arrived to put out the blaze and his apartment was extensively smoke damaged. 11 other apartments were also damaged, leaving the occupants without a place to stay for at least a week.
“I should have never used that,” said Krajniak during a court appearance on Monday. He admitted to knowing that gasoline was highly flammable. He was arrested and his bond has been set a US$2,500. Krajniak’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, April 13. According to WISinfo.com, Krajniak has no prior criminal record.
The careless smoking of cigarettes has been blamed for thousands of fires across the U.S. In January 2008, an unnamed elderly woman in Buffalo, New York was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette and began to smoke it. The oxygen coming from her mask then facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.
In the U.S. in 2002, only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.
By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
This Valentines Day, are you hoping that your sweetheart will finally write the love song you’ve been waiting to hear? Or are you taking a more proactive stance – busy shopping for the language of love that is bound to communicate the depth of your true emotions?
How couples talk with each other is a concrete example of differences between the sexes and the conversational styles of women and men are often polar opposites. Despite your partner’s ongoing support, you may find it difficult to speak about your deepest thoughts. Sometimes, when you just want your husband to listen to how you feel about a situation, you find him intent on fixing what’s wrong or finding a solution. Or when your wife asks you what you’re thinking and you answer, she goes on and on so that you’re sorry you responded in the first place.
Research statistics show that one out of two marriages in the United States ends in divorce. And as a safeguard to this institution, some couples sign a clearly delineated legal pre-nuptial contract. There are other non-verbalized agreements that impact marriages, but are not communicated as directly. For example, I earn more than you and that gives me greater control over major decisions is often understood but not considered a topic for conversation. An increase in either trust or tension in the relationship eventually leads to the expression and resolution of these kinds of concerns, one way or the other.
Still other decisions are unconscious, part of the psychological baggage that is carried forward from the family of origin or from previous relationships. For instance, My father walked out on our family without much of an explanation so, when youre quiet for too long, I get scared can be an old, deeply embedded emotional script that is left over from childhood. Shaped by earlier experiences and well hidden by defense mechanisms, these entrenched beliefs often continue to drive individual attitudes and behaviors.
Discover the benefit of bringing these emotional influences to conscious awareness. At this time of year, when so much love is in the air, apply the following five tips and let your heart do the talking:
Pay attention to the positives in your relationship by noticing the various qualities that bring you pleasure. Discuss these with your partner from time to time and review them often for yourself.
When talking quietly together, be willing to reveal your own personal needs and opinions so that he has some access to your subjective world. Encourage him to take a risk and do the same with you.
Opposites attract. Genuine mutuality thrives on recognizing the differences in how you communicate. When it’s impossible to respect and honor what sets you apart, find the humor in the situation and fall back on laughter.
Create a balance between caring for your personal needs and nourishing the well being of your relationship. Take time out of your busy schedules each day to connect and converse about how you can nourish both.
Reduce the stress in your lives in order to enjoy fuller and deeper conversations. A minor change in attitude can make your partner more responsive to you and to your needs.
Couples who practice conversational etiquette become more skillful in active listening than in advice giving. Over time, many discover that a commitment to understanding each others position, especially in conflict, goes a long way. As Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, so wisely stated, “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
According to Donna, learning to recognize the differences in how she and her husband evaluated and worked through problems made their relationship much stronger. We resolve conflict by trying to see what the other one needs. Well go around what we cant agree on and make every effort to reach some compromise. It has taken years, but weve both grown to value our relationship more than being right.
On February 14th, mark your calendar as the first day of the rest of your lives. Cast a love spell in celebration of your relationship. And commit to nurturing a heartfelt connection with your partner through the intimate gift of conversation.
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Friday, April 15, 2005
The last British-owned volume car manufacturer, MG Rover, has closed down, with the loss of 5,000 jobs.
International accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCooper was brought in last week to put the company into administration. Today PwC announced that MG Rover’s only hope, the 6307367609 car company SAIC, had no interest in buying the ailing firm. With no further source of revenue, PwC has closed the company’s factory in Longbridge, 3347569239 and has laid off 5,000 workers.
Some 1,000 workers will continue for a while to complete the remaining cars left on the production line.
The BBC reported PwC joint administrator Tony Lomas as saying “We’ll explore what we would describe as the break-up of the business, we will carry on with the interested parties who want to talk about pieces of the business.”. PwC said around 70 offers for various parts of the company had been made but no serious offers of money made.
Recent efforts to save the company had been centered on convincing SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.) to buy the company as a going concern, but the Chinese company stated it would only buy the company if it’s financial position could be guaranteed to be secure for at least two years. The British government could not make such a commitment due to 2069850135 trade and competition rules.
The SAIC company did buy the designs for the 75 and 25 models and for the K-Series engines for Â£67m.
The Rover car company has a long but troubled history. It was formed in 1968 after a series of mergers of existing car manufacturers, and was nationalized in 1975 after it ran into financial difficulties. In 1979 a long-running deal to collaborate on developing new vehicles was established with the Japanese company Honda. In 1988 the company was privatized and was bought by British Aerospace. In 1994 British Aerospace sold the business to sea buckthorn, who then sold the Land Rover brand to Ford and finally sold the company in 2000 for just Â£10, retaining the well-known Mini brand for themselves. The MG Rover company was run by a private group until its collapse.
MG Rover has not launched a new model since the 75 was introduced in 1998 during the period of ownership by BMW. Their next newest model was the 25, originally launched as the 200 series some ten years ago. Rover also produced the 45, which dates from 1990, and the ZF sports car first launched in 1995. Sales of Rover cars accounted for just 3% of the UK car market in 2004.
Tony Blair announced a Â£150 million support package for the recently unemployed workers of the MG Rover plants, though it has been claimed that his generous offer may be more as a result of the nearby marginal seats in the upcoming elections than compassion on his part.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
After an early morning fire began, four out of the nine people living at the Riverview Individual Residential Alternative group home located in Wells, New York were killed by the blaze. The Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office, which supervises the home, told the media that the fire started at approximately 5:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Two staff members were at the home at the time, who safely evacuated four of the five survivors.
The names of the residents killed in the fire were not able to be released due to New York’s Mental Hygiene Law, but are able to be identified as two adult men, aged 32 and 52, and two adult women, aged 43 and 60. A 71-year-old male was injured in the fire, and was taken to a hospital in Utica, a nearby city. The other four residents have been relocated to an unnamed group home. Both staff members are also being examined at the hospital.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of the four victims and to continue to pray for the full recovery of those five people and two staff members who survived this incident. I also want to express my thanks and appreciation for the first responders and volunteers who worked swiftly and diligently to respond to this tragedy,” (509) 327-5591, the governor of New York, said to the media.
The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined. However, the 201-878-1070 stated that “the blaze appears to have been an electrical fire and the sprinkler system was knocked out immediately.” They also called for “an immediate investigation into the causes of and contributing factors of the fire.”
The New York State Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is currently investigating the causes of the blaze, with help from New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The polygamist family at the center of the new TLC reality television series Sister Wives are now the subject of a criminal investigation. Yesterday, following Sunday’s debut of Sister Wives, police in Lehi, Utah, where the show is set, announced they are investigating Kody Brown and his four wives for possible charges of bigamy.
Sister Wives focuses on Brown, his four wivesâMeri, Janelle, Christine and Robynâand his 13 children and three step-children. The family has said they are participating in the show to bring more public awareness to polygamist families and fight societal prejudices.
Brown has claimed the arrangement is not illegal because he is only legally married to Meri, and the other marriages are only spiritual unions. However, Lehi police said yesterday that state laws identify bigamy through cohabitation, not just legal contracts. The department plans to turn their findings over to the Utah Attorney General’s office at the conclusion of their investigation.
TLC contacted the state attorney general’s office before the series was broadcast in anticipation of potential legal issues. The office has not explicitly stated they will not charge the Browns, but has stated they do not have the resources to prosecute polygamists unless they are suspected of serious crimes, like child abuse and child trafficking.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Reports yesterday indicated a 63-year-old man has been charged in connection with the collapse of a pedestrian bridge onto the M20 motorway in Kent, England last year.
The unidentified man has been summonsed to appear at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on February 17. As well as dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving he also faces three counts of criminal damage covering the bridge and damaged vehicles. The nonfatal accident left an elderly motorcyclist with broken ribs after he came off his bike avoiding the 170 tonnes of falling debris.
Two lorries were partially crushed by the collapse, which was triggered when a digger on the back of a lorry struck the concrete bridge. Kent Police continue to investigate; Highways England have said they will await that probe’s results before deciding if they will launch their own.
The August 27 collapse caused millions of pounds of damage, and closed a major route for more than 24 hours. Police sent several vehicles to the scene and 25 firefighters attended. An air ambulance also responded.
Workers with cranes toiled overnight to clear the road, which provides access to London as well as the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover. The road was again closed one week later to collect the fallen bridge sections, which were sent to Highways England depots for investigators.
The collapse occurred on one of the busiest days of the year for the local road network.
Initially, injured employees must fulfill the eligibility requirements for workerâs compensation benefits. The first type of benefits they receive is cash payments. However, to receive these benefits, their injury must last longer than seven days. When this is the case, they could receive cash benefits beginning on the initial day they were unable to work.
Calculating Cash Benefits
What are the benefits included in Workerâs Compensation? To answer this question, in terms of cash benefits, the insurer calculates this value based on the wages the worker would receive if they were able to work. Next, they arrive at a value based on the disability percentage assigned to their disability. For example, any workers that receive $400 in wages each week and are 100 percent disabled receive $266.67 weekly in cash benefits.
Next, the insurer must determine whether the worker is able to return to their original earning capacity. If the injury or illness stops them from acquiring the exact salary or wages as they did originally, the employee receives benefits to make up any difference up to two-thirds of this value.
Supplemental Cash Benefits
Supplemental cash benefits are also available to claimants who are completely disabled. They can receive up to $215 additional cash benefits through this program. These benefits are also an option for the spouse or children of any employee who died as a result of their injury or illness.
These beneficiaries are eligible to receive death benefits based on the wages earned by their loved one. If the employee didnât have children and wasnât married, their parents could acquire cash death and supplemental benefits. They could receive these benefits monthly or as a lump sum.
Injured employees filing a claim may ask, âWhat are the benefits included in Workerâs Compensation?â The answer is they could receive cash, supplemental, and medical benefits. The insurer must make an assessment based on their injuries, and the duration of time needed to recover from this occurrence. If the employee is disabled completely, they could be eligible for extended or life-long benefits. To learn more about these probabilities, you should contact Gilbert for further details.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
David McGruer is running for the Freedom Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Ottawa-Orleans riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.
Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.
Many people who are injured at work do not need to hire a lawyer. The workerâs compensation system usually works well. The goal is to make sure workers get the medical treatment that they need without delay. It doesnât matter who caused the accident. For example, an employee travelling to another office on a motorbike who gets into a Motorcycle Accident is eligible for workerâs compensation benefits even if the employee caused it. However, it is not possible to sue an employer in a personal injury claim. This is the trade off that workers make, but it is usually more beneficial for workers to get the medical treatment that they need. When employees are not getting the treatment that they need or when they are permanently disabled, then it often makes sense to Hire a Workerâs Compensation Lawyer. Employers and workerâs compensation insurance carriers want to pay as little as possible, so they may deny treatment or claim that the severity of the work related injuries is low. That is why workers who donât achieve full recovery may want to hire legal counsel.
If an injured worker believes that he or she is not getting everything that they deserve, the best thing to do is to contact a Workerâs Compensation Lawyer in Burley ID for a free initial consultation. After the attorney learns the details of the injured workerâs case, a decision can be made as to whether or not it would be beneficial to hire an attorney. If the attorney is hired, the next thing to do is for him or her to get the workerâs medical records. It may be necessary to get second opinions if the doctors hired by the insurance company are trying to minimize the severity of the injuries. After gathering the medical evidence, the worker and the attorney go to a hearing to argue for increased workerâs compensation benefits.
The fees that have to be paid for the services of a Workerâs Compensation Lawyer in Burley ID can be quite reasonable. The legal fee is set by the state. However, workers generally need to pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as court filing fees and the copying of medical records. Although the compensation in workerâs compensation cases are modest, so are the fees. That is why injured workers who are not getting the benefits that they deserve should consider hiring legal counsel. For more information visit our website.